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A few months ago, Tom Hanrahan, editor of this
publication, asked me what I would like to be
the focus of my first President's Report. Tom
had a number of suggestions, all of them worthy. But
I already knew what I wanted the report to focus on —
interdisciplinary courses and research.
I studied comparative literature at Rutgers and
Princeton, so I am familiar with a comparative
approach. What I observed at Lebanon Valley College,
however, goes beyond a comparative approach.
What I found extraordinary is the degree to which
interdisciplinary academics are woven into the fabric
of the College. So many faculty members are doing
work between disciplines. Frankly, our faculty and
students are working in some unlikely places.
Equally interesting to me was how natural this
interdisciplinary work seemed. Faculty and students
seem surprised when I comment on their creativity,
their level of involvement in working across boundaries
that others are not, and what has been called the culture
of innovation at the College. Innovation is clearly a part
of the ethos of the College and it expresses itself initially
as interdisciplinary study.
Our history shows that this spirit of experimentation
and innovation has existed since the founding of
the College in 1866. Thomas Rhys Vickroy and
Miles Rigor took a new approach to administration
and welcomed female students into their newly
founded institution. However, it is arguable that no
academic innovation proved more influential than the
introduction of student-faculty research by the late
Dr. H. Anthony Neidig '43, H'04 in the summer of
1949. At a time when undergraduate research in the
sciences was almost non-existent, Dr. Neidig mentored
his students to produce research worthy of publication
and conference presentation.
Today, as you will see in these pages, I am proud to
note that the spirit of innovation and interdisciplinary
study is found throughout the curriculum, crossing
boundaries and exploring new territory for research.
Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs
and dean of the faculty, explains how interdisciplinary
education occurs in four distinct areas of our
curriculum. Faculty and student collaboration and
innovation occur through interdisciplinary and
self-designed majors, interdisciplinary general
education, interdisciplinary programming, and
In the first area, interdisciplinary and self-
designed majors, our students are taking an
increasingly active role in deciding their personal
academic paths. They work closely with our faculty
to create self-designed majors such as the one crafted
by Nikki Abbamont '14, entertainment business
The second area of interdisciplinary work occurs
throughout our general education program.
Specifically, there are three parts of interdisciplinary
general education that enhance student learning
and engagement: First- Year Seminars, disciplinary
perspectives courses, and team- taught courses.
Our First- Year Seminar series features alternative
means of engaging new students in critical thinking
through offering courses taught by faculty from across
the curriculum. For our upper level students, we now
require a disciplinary perspectives course that takes
them out of their comfort level. In these classes, faculty
challenge students to draw their own perspectives, and
to approach and analyze issues from various points of
view. And, the final area of interdisciplinary general
education, team-taught courses, is one of my personal
favorites because of its uniqueness and ability to
transcend disciplines. These courses break down walls
and create a collaborative community that benefits
all students. They reflect the multifaceted world our
students will encounter after they graduate.
A third aspect of LVC s interdisciplinary nature
as outlined by Dean Green is exemplified through
interdisciplinary programming. Here, professors
collaborate through the yearlong annual Colloquium.
They plan speakers, films, debates, and other academic
Marilyn Boeshore — Secretary, Office of Alumni
Paula Gahres — Secretary, Office of Spiritual Life
Dr. Donald Kline '66 — Associate Professor Emeritus
Walter Labonte — Adjunct Instructor for English,
Director of the Writing Center
Dr. Stephen MacDonald — President Emeritus
Gertrude Nye — Facilities Services
Ann Safstrom — Secretary, Department of Music
Harry B.Yost, Esq., '62— Trustee Emeritus
Rosemary Yuhas — Dean Emerita of Student Affairs
The Rev. Dr. Gerald Kauffman '44, H'65— Former
Member of the Board of Trustees
The Rev. Dr. Millard J. Miller '28, H'50— Former
Member of the Board of Trustees
The Rev. Dr. Bruce Souders '44 — Former LVC
Director of Public Relations
Gregory G. Stanson '63, P'92, P'95— Vice President
Emeritus of Enrollment and Student Services
activities that involve numerous departments on
campus. Faculty create courses designed around the
Colloquium theme. The Suzanne H. Arnold Art
Gallery works with the Colloquium committee to
include art exhibits and events that have a connection
to the Colloquium each year.
Finally, interdisciplinary research abounds in
almost every major and every department across
campus. The level of research, which has grown
dramatically in the past few years, was greatly
enhanced through the generosity of Dr. E.H. Arnold
H'87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold H'08. In 2011,
the Arnolds provided funds to create The Edward
H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program
for Experiential Education. The Arnold Grants, as
they are affectionately known on campus, support
student-faculty research, independent student summer
research, and independent student internships.
During the first two years that the Arnolds
have supported this program, almost two dozen
student-faculty research projects, the vast majority
interdisciplinary in nature, were started. These projects
involve more than 25 percent of our faculty and
almost 100 students. This research has been conducted
in the U.S. and in England, Hungary, and Mexico.
In addition to Ed and Jeannie, I would like to
acknowledge all who committed valuable time and
financial resources this past year.
Central to the success of any and all of our goals is
the financial support of our many alumni and friends.
Foremost among these donors are the loyal members
of The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Society. At the fall 2012
Vickroy Dinner, I had the privilege of welcoming
my first "class" of major donors into the prestigious
Lifetime Vickroy Associates category, whose
cumulative lifetime giving had exceeded $ 1 00,000. As
a former, long-time vice president overseeing alumni
and development operations at several colleges and
universities, nothing gives me greater gratification than
to meet the people who build the foundation for the
dreams of our students and faculty.
It was a privilege to welcome Edward D. Breen
and Lynn M. Breen, Dr. William R. Higgins '64 and
Judith Baker Higgins '64, Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger
Lebanon Valley College
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president, enjoys some time with (I. to r.) Katie McDonald '14, Tyler Skroski '14, and Naked Khalil '13
on the Academic Quad.
and Steven J. Holsinger, John E Jurasits Jr. P'03 and
Deborah R. Jurasits P'03, and Dr. Ralph E. Yingst '55 as
our newest Lifetime Vickroy Associates. It was also my
distinct pleasure to welcome James G. Glasgow Jr. '81
and Patricia A. Glasgow as Provisional Lifetime Vickroy
Associates, which recognizes those who execute a pledge
instrument that will, when completed within a seven-year
period of time, bring them to $100,000 lifetime giving.
While these generous gifts are important to making
Lebanon Valley College affordable, the thousands of
other gifts of all sizes are important. Combined, they
provide opportunities that would not otherwise be
possible. Most importandy, these gifts help students
pursue opportunities previously unavailable.
Educators claim that a college s mission can change
and evolve but not its essential culture. Our Middle
States reviewers have referred to the culture of
innovation they see at Lebanon Valley College. They
also noted a culture of service to others. These attributes
continue to make our institution a special place.
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, President
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BY CHRISTINE BRANDT LITTLE
Interdisciplinary Work is Not an Elective
Multidisciplinarity is a mindset at LVC, where students and
faculty regularly reach across departmental borders in courses,
programming, and research projects that forge connections
across intellectual disciplines. This collaborative spirit, however, is more
than just collegial: it's fundamental to learning and, ultimately, to success
in a world increasingly free of intellectual boundaries.
"Taking a multidisciplinary approach to learning is not only an
effective way to teach — it's the way life is," stated Michael Pittari, chair
of art & art history and associate professor of art. "You have to be able
to synthesize ideas from disparate sources, because that ability is at
the core of an intellectually engaged life. It's an essential component
of teaching and learning at LVC — and it's also where some of the
edgiest, most interesting stuff on campus occurs."
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Covering All the Bases:
Team-Teaching at LVC
There may not be a more deliberate way to incorporate an
interdisciplinary approach to a topic than to have a team of
professors approach it from different perspectives. In fact,
many of LVC s team-teaching professors report that discussing
a topic in class from many different starting points is one of
the best ways for them — and their students — to define and
understand their subject matter.
Since 2003, LVC has hosted an annual student-created and
student-run music industry conference known as the LVC-
MIC. Recently renamed the R|| revolution Music Conference
(RMC), the conference has continued to grow in size and
popularity, and in turn has inspired another multidisciplinary
initiative on campus — R|| revolution Records.
"The students came to me about starting a record label to go
with the conference," said Jeff Snyder, professor of music and
director of music business, who serves as faculty coordinator
for both the music conference and the record label. "I told
them that if they wanted to do it, they'd have to do the
research, look at other college labels, do some interviews —
and that kicked off an independent study project back in
2010." The study group received a $5,000 grant through The
Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for
Experiential Education (Arnold Grant, see p. 22) in 201 1 to
look further into the feasibility of setting up the label.
As a result of their research, the students realized that the
label shouldn't be housed in any one department, such as
music. "The product that were selling is music, but this is a
business," said Nikki Abbamont '14, one of the study-group
members behind the label. "We can use students in finance,
accounting, and business. We need digital communications
students for the marketing, design, and web presence. English
and journalism students could help out with press releases. We
definitely didn't want it to be just a music class."
The study group ultimately received faculty approval for the
first designated interdisciplinary class, which will set up and
operate the label. "IDS 199: R|| revolution Records" is being
team- taught by Snyder and Mat Samuel, assistant professor of
digital communications, for the first time this spring. Students
in the class will prepare for the official release of albums during
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the annual conference in the fall when industry professionals
from across the United States will be in attendance, creating a
full 360-degree experience from beginning to end. "There is no
other college or university that does this, and it is a credit to the
vision and ingeniousness of the LVC students," Snyder said.
The class has already attracted majors as diverse as music
recording, music business, digital communications, business
administration, and actuarial science, with more expected as
the class becomes better known across campus.
Samuel is glad his students have the opportunity to
collaborate on the label project. "Digital communications
students are involved in the promotional aspects — designing
the website, the marketing materials — and working directly
with the music business students in a collaborative way," he
explained, adding that the work closely mirrors what the
students will experience in their careers. "They'll be dealing
with clients and colleagues from other departments. They'll
have to work within the look and feel that each band wants to
take on. Its very reflective of what they'll face when they go
out into the industry."
Latin American Literature and History
Dr. Gabriela McEvoy, assistant professor of Spanish, and Dr.
Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of history, are parallel-
teaching courses this spring — "Central American Literature"
and "Modern Latin America," respectively — that bring together
their academic disciplines to provide a deeper exploration of
Central American history and culture. This enrichment for
students could ultimately culminate in a one-credit, weeklong
study-abroad program in Costa Rica this summer.
"Dr. Schroeder is teaching Central American history, and
I'm teaching Central American literature," explained McEvoy.
"When I teach the literature classes, I always include some
Dr. Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of history, and Dr. Gabriela McEvoy, assistant professor of Spanish
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historical background or context, because you can't fully
understand literature without a historical background." But
Schroeder s deeper engagement with the areas history will
enhance the students' understanding, McEvoy noted. "In Latin
American studies, we look at the region in terms of its culture,
history, and literature. I think sometimes we tend to divide up
our disciplines, but in this class it's combined."
Readings in each of the classes will focus on Costa Rica in
preparation for the summer experiential trip, should enough
students enroll. "We're reading fiction about ecotourism in
the central province of Costa Rica," said McEvoy. "When we
go there, the students can compare the fiction they've read to
reality. We're talking about the economy too, so that when
we're there, they'll have some context when we visit a coffee
farm, which is the main product of Costa Rica." Students
will stay in private homes to fully immerse themselves in the
language and culture of the region.
Symposium on a Living Philosopher
Dr. Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy and
chair of the Colloquium Committee; Dr. Jeff Bobbins, chair
of religion and philosophy, professor of religion, and director
of American studies; and Dr. Noelle Vahanian, associate
professor of philosophy, are working together on a high-impact
experience within their department. Their two-semester,
team-taught course, "Symposium on a Living Philosopher," is
structured to imitate graduate-level study in philosophy.
"We wanted to create a year-long course that would be
a sustained reading and writing project on one topic and
one philosopher," explained Valgenti. "We decided to make
it a team-taught course so students could see us having
disagreements about the text, with our different approaches
to the text highlighting differences in our expertise. And we
decided to make it a course on a living philosopher so that we
could bring the person in to give a lecture and meet with the
The symposium, which is supported by an Arnold Grant,
focuses on the work of French philosopher Catherine
Malabou. "Her work is on the connection between philosophy
and neurobiology, and she is someone who would appeal to
our philosophy and religion majors, as well as strong students
in psychology and biology," said Valgenti.
The class hosted a Skype teleconference with Malabou
last fall, during which students were able to engage her in
discussions about her work. Malabou will also visit campus in
April to offer a public lecture and meet with the class. At that
point, the students will present their research and receive her
comments on the work.
OTHER TEAM-TAUGHT COURSES, SPRING 2013
• " American Thought and Culture": taught by Dr. Gary
Grieve-Carlson, professor of English and director of
general education, and Dr. Jeff Robbins, chair of religion
and philosophy, professor of religion, and director of
• "Choral Literature and Methods": taught by Dr. Mary
Lemons, professor of music and director of music
education, Dr. Mark Mecham, chair, and Clark and Edna
Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music
• "Psychobiology Seminar": taught by Dr. Deanna Dodson,
professor of psychology, and Dr. Stacy Goodman,
professor of biology
When One Department Just Isn't
Enough: Interdisciplinary Majors
To help students prepare for careers in a world that
increasingly demands facility in multiple fields, the College has
developed nine majors and one minor that cross traditional
departmental boundaries. Here are two examples:
The broad focus of the digital communications major is
to teach students to create visionary media solutions for
business and communications clients, including designing and
developing webpages, coordinating multimedia advertising
campaigns, creating coherent product brand identities, and
planning and executing marketing plans. Students can choose
to concentrate in one of four areas within the major: design,
business, communications, or computer science.
Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and associate professor of digital
communications, acknowledges that designing the curriculum
for an interdisciplinary major can be a challenge. "It runs the
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Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and associate professor of digital communications,
teaches in the programs technology-enabled classroom.
risk of being scattered," he warned. "But these wildly disparate
fields, if you look at them together, reveal remarkably interesting
ideas, and thats one of the real advantages I see in this
curriculum. We want to create accomplished interdisciplinary
thinkers who can see how these fields work together.
"For us, its a methodology of creating teams that find
out what real people want and how real people interact with
systems; then attempting to design products and systems that
meet those needs and interactions.
"Ultimately, the interdisciplinary nature of the digital
communications field itself drives the curriculum," Ritchie
said. "If you were to set about creating an advertising
campaign, you would have to understand the business
elements, be able to write clear copy, create convincing
videos, and use technology to program a website that would
support competent and enabling interactions," he noted. "The
intersection of disciplines is where you find creativity."
Ritchie sees the plan working. "It seems that the industry
really values this interdisciplinary approach," he said. "Our
students have been remarkably successful at securing jobs
pretty quickly in our field."
Another popular interdisciplinary major at LVC is actuarial
science. "This major is an interesting and powerful
combination of actuarial science, math, business, and
economics courses," said Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair and associate
professor of mathematical sciences. "We've managed to
produce a major that uses a very liberal arts approach to a pre-
professional program, and its a great example of integrating the
liberal arts and the pre-professional in a really powerful way.
"Whether they're math courses or actuarial science
courses, we focus on developing skills," he explained. "We
teach students to read, analyze problems, and communicate
solutions to other people. That makes our students able to
work on their own, as well as study for and succeed on the
actuarial exams and in the workplace after they graduate."
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AT LVC
• Actuarial Science (actuarial science, business,
economics, and math)
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (biology and
• Digital Communications (business, English
communications, computer science, and design)
• Historical Communications (business, digital
communications, English, and history)
• International Studies (art history, economics, English,
music, philosophy, political science, religion, and
• Music Business (accounting, business, economics,
• Music Recording Technology (math, music, music
business, music recording technology, and physics)
• Psychobiology (biology and psychology)
• Self-Designed major (must incorporate at least two
• American Studies minor (American studies, history,
music, philosophy, political science, religion, and
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LVC's approach has proven to be effective. The employment rate for LVC
actuarial science graduates is essentially 100 percent. "If you look around this
country for actuarial science programs that can compete with LVC's, you're
going to be looking for a long time," Yarnall said. "And if you're looking at
small liberal arts schools, you won't find any. Because we combine the technical
and liberal arts into the curriculum, this program is the best in the nation."
Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair and associate professor of mathematical
sciences, with Robert Hosier '13 (1.) and John Makatche '13
ADDING IT UP: LVC'S MATHEMATICS
AND COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJORS
ARE UNIQUELY INTERDISCIPLINARY
LVC's mathematics and computer science
majors are unique in that they are intentionally
structured to be interdisciplinary. "The math
major has a relatively small number of required
courses compared to traditional math majors
around the country," said Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair
and associate professor of mathematical
sciences. "We do that so we can encourage
students to combine that major with other
majors on campus. We have quite a few
double majors and major-minor combinations.
I think that acknowledges the value of an
education at a place like this. LVC's math
majors are primarily students who want
to earn an undergraduate degree and then
pursue a career, so it would be a disservice
to design blindly a major that prepares them
for graduate work in mathematics. The
computer science major is interdisciplinary in
the sense that it combines significantly more
mathematics with the computer science core
than at a typical school. We've done that for
the same reason — that combination has profit
for those intellectual skills.
"We want to prepare our students for
a profession, and we think that those
fundamental liberal arts skills are the best
preparation for a career in almost anything.
And our students enjoy careers all over the
country" Yarnall added, noting that over the
last 15 years, the rate of employment for
LVC math majors in careers of their choice
immediately after graduation was roughly 90
percent. "I think it's because we've managed
to incorporate the liberal arts — that ability
to think, reason, and communicate material
that's really difficult. We prepare students
to continue to succeed after they graduate,"
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Blazing Their Own Paths:
LVC's Self-Designed Majors
It's not unusual for a student s interests and ambitions to
expand outside departmental boundaries. Many LVC students
adapt to this natural occurrence by picking up second majors,
or a minor or two. Others, like Nikki Abbamont '14 and
DllStin Kerns '09, choose to work closely with faculty advisors
to develop a major of their own. Thinking carefully about
their interests and career plans, especially in collaboration with
professors in their fields, can yield exceptionally fruitful results.
Nikki Abbamont '14: Entertainment Business
Abbamont came to LVC as a music major, but quickly realized
that she wanted to explore more of the industry. "I found I
was more interested in the whole aspect of popular culture,"
she noted. "I thought the marketing and promotions side of
the entertainment industry was extremely interesting, and I
wanted to focus on the music business side." Her dream job:
marketing for a live entertainment promoter or record label.
CURRENT AND RECENT EXAMPLES OF
LVC SELF-DESIGNED MAJORS
• Biochemical Industrial Marketing
• Early Childhood Education in the Community
• Entertainment Business
• Human Resource Management
in the Social Sciences
• Industrial Chemistry
• Investment Management
• Marketing Communications
• Mathematical Business Analysis
• Mathematics of Finance
• Multimedia Production
• Nutritional Psychology
Social Media Communication
To get there, Abbamont developed a curriculum in
collaboration with Dr. David Rudd, Eugene C. Fish
Distinguished Chair of Business and professor and chair of
business and economics, and Jeff Snyder, professor of music
and director of music business. "I chose classes that I knew
would help me in the future and left a lot of room for other
classes in digital communications and sociology that I thought
would benefit me in the long run," she said. "I actually
combined every requirement for the business major except for
two classes, then added the music business classes."
Abbamont is currently applying for an internship with Live
Nation and hopes her work with the R|| revolution Music
Conference (RMC) and newly formed R|| revolution Record
Label (see page 7) will help her to earn a position.
Dustin Kerns '09: Internationa! Business
Kerns is a recent graduate who took the development of a self-
designed major to the extreme. "My time studying abroad in
Spain during the summer following
my sophomore year really ignited
my passion for living abroad and
developing my understanding of
the world," wrote Kerns by email
from Seoul, South Korea, where
he was teaching English and
studying Korean. "From that time,
I knew my future would require
linguistic diversity, international
understanding, and business
acumen, and an international business major encompassed all
these points. The educational diversity definitely encouraged a
global curiosity and has allowed me to plan for the future with
fewer education-based limitations."
Kerns designed his major with the help of Dr. David Rudd,
Eugene C. Fish Distinguished Chair of Business and professor
and chair of business and economics, and Dr. Diane Johnson,
chair of history and political science and associate professor
of political science. In the end, Kerns enrolled in all of the
courses required for a business administration major, adding in
a series of political science classes and a minor in Spanish. He
also carried a second major in accounting and a second minor
in political science, all while participating for four years as a
member of the mens basketball team.
Dustin Kerns '09
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Dr. Juan Martinez
Dr. Deanna Dodson
After graduation, Kerns worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers
for two years before traveling to Seoul, where he worked for
18 months. In January, he accepted another position with
PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne, Australia, and plans to
do some volunteer work in India as well as visit South America
before returning to graduate school in the fall for a master s
degree in international relations.
Encouraging Depth and Breadth of
Thought: LVC's General Education
LVC s General Education Program supports the College s
commitment to the classical — and interdisciplinary —
liberal arts education. Designed to promote articulate
communication, intellectual curiosity, careful thought, broad-
based educational competence, and an openness to difference,
the programs requirements include: five courses in English and
written communications; four courses in cross-cultural studies,
including two in a foreign language; eight courses falling
within the Colleges Liberal Studies designation; and a junior-
or senior-year Disciplinary Perspectives class.
First- Year Seminars
LVC freshmen may opt to fulfill their first-semester writing
requirement by enrolling in a Fir,st-Year Seminar. These
introductory-level courses tend to be exceptionally broad
in their focus as they explore the intersection of popular
culture with the topic under consideration.
(1. to r.): Dr. Mary Pettice, Dr. Anderson Marsh, and
Dr. Catherine Romagnolo
A SELECTION OF THIS YEAR'S FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS
Last fall, incoming LVC freshmen could choose from 23 different
First-Year Seminars, including the following:
• "Obsessed": A look at the many ways in which individual
obsessions can intersect with broader social and cultural
concerns; taught by Dr. Juan Martinez, assistant professor
• "Man Up/Act Like a Lady": An exploration of the images and
representations of what it means to be a man or a woman in
contemporary society; taught by Dr. Catherine Romagnolo,
associate professor of English
• "Going Viral: Social Media and Digital Technology": Examining
the impact of new media platforms on literacy, education,
community interaction, journalism, democracy, and creativity;
taught by Dr. Mary Pettice, associate professor of English
• "Life in the Universe": A look at the emerging field of
astrobiology, which encompasses astronomy, biology,
physics, and chemistry, in an attempt to understand the
origins of life; taught by Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate
professor of chemistry and director of the chemistry track for
• "Happiness": A discussion of what makes us happy versus
what we think makes us happy; taught by Dr. Michelle
Niculescu, assistant professor of psychology, and
Dr. Deanna Dodson, professor of psychology
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Last fall, Dr. Juan Martinez, assistant professor of English,
taught a First- Year Seminar that examined the role of
obsessions in people s lives and personalities, as well as in a
broader social or cultural context. Like all First- Year Seminars,
"Obsessed" was a writing-intensive class: "Our readings used
cultural studies and technology and popular culture, but the
point was to let students learn how to go about writing about
themselves," he said. "We were basically encouraging students
to take ownership of their own interests and obsessions."
Martinez encouraged his students to look for linkages
across the readings. "I tried to let students know that they
already have a command of a great deal of knowledge, and
that they can actually make the connections themselves," he
said. "Giving them this latitude allowed them to break out
of the mold where they were wanting to give me what they
thought I wanted to hear. It has been great letting them have
the authority to speak eloquently and interestingly about the
things they love.
"The students realized that there is this entire world that
they have complete knowledge of — their own lives."
LVC s General Education Program requires all students to take
a Disciplinary Perspectives (DSP) seminar in their junior or
senior year. These capstone classes incorporate the viewpoints
of at least two disciplines and offer students the opportunity to
apply what they've learned in their majors to the analysis of a
Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of political science,
is teaching the DSP course "Marx and Marxism" this spring.
He noted that these upper-level classes tend to attract a broad
range of majors. "We get a lot of music, sociology, history, and
political science majors in this class," he noted. "Having people
from so many different backgrounds and majors sometimes
means that the students take a while to meld together as a
class, but I try to get them to take responsibility for directing
the class and presenting the material in their own voices, in
ways the whole class can understand.
"It's a balancing act," he admitted. "But I'm very committed
to the notion of interdisciplinarity. That s what should lie at
the heart of the liberal arts college — to try and make education
accessible to all within the College. Rather than locking up
political ideas within the political science major, I want all
ideas to be something students can investigate."
Benesch's commitment to the broad, interdisciplinary liberal
arts canon also serves him well as the advisor for LVC's pre-
law minor. "We kept it a minor deliberately," he explained.
"Law schools tell me they want to see a diversity of liberal
arts backgrounds — political science, history, philosophy."
Designating pre-law as a minor also makes it an option for
students who wouldn't be able to carry two majors. "Since
we set this up in 2006, we've added business ethics, visual
communications, and information law, which looks at
copyright and intellectual property requirements," he said.
"We're trying to enable students to come from a diversity of
disciplines and hopefully give them better information about
what they might anticipate in law school."
DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES COURSES AT LVC
The 20th-century World
American Science and Technology
The American Presidency
Atomic Bomb: History, Science, and Culture
Color and Culture
Death, Dying, and Beyond
European Union Simulation
Film and the American Identity
The Holocaust: A Case Study
Issues in Contemporary Europe
Marx and Marxism
Myths and Their Meaning
The Search for Jesus
Video Games: History, Theory, and Sociology
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Dr. Michael Kitchens, assistant professor of psychology, experiences "HAPPINESS" with (L to r.) Megan Kemmler '14, Cristian McCardell '14,
Maurissa Laudeman '13, and Emily Johansen '15 in the Psychology Department Library.
LVC s emphasis on multidisciplinary study extends well
beyond the classroom, with events designed to get students,
faculty, and staff to reach beyond their departments in
discussion of a broad-reaching topic.
The Colloquium Series
Perhaps the most visible of the Colleges extracurricular
interdisciplinary programming is its annual Colloquium
Series, an integrated collection of guest speakers, roundtable
discussions, films, exhibits, and courses that centers
on one topic. This years Colloquium Series focuses on
"HAPPINESS," concluding a three-part series, "Health,
Wealth, and Happiness."
"The Colloquium is co-curricular and cross-curricular,"
said Dr. Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy
and chair of the Colloquium Committee. "The idea is to get
students and faculty — the whole LVC community — including
people in the Annville area, to think about a certain topic and
bring their own interests and expertise to bear on that topic. It
also gives us the opportunity to bring a wide array of speakers
and films to campus that normally wouldn't be available."
LVC faculty always offer courses in collaboration with the
years Colloquium theme. Each fall, several First- Year Seminars
are dedicated to the theme, and at least one disciplinary
perspectives course connects to the Colloquium theme each
This spring, Dr. Michael Kitchens, assistant professor
of psychology, is teaching "HAPPINESS," a disciplinary
perspectives course relating to this years Colloquium topic. A
broad variety of majors are represented in this capstone course
for juniors and seniors, including early childhood education,
business, English, art & art history, psychology, history, and
mathematical sciences. "Were thinking about happiness in
a number of different ways," Kitchens said. "Were looking
at religious or spiritual aspects, money and economics in
relationship to happiness, sociological and cultural aspects of
happiness, and of course the psychological angle."
Kitchens noted that this kind of multidisciplinary
examination of a topic is central to a liberal arts education.
"What really marks an educated person is that he or she can
converse intelligently across a number of different disciplines,"
he said. "At LVC we try to get students to touch base with
many different areas."
It's good for faculty too, Kitchens noted. "Everybody can
be in their own departments talking about their own topics,
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but we can all draw on this common Colloquium theme from
different perspectives so we re not working in these kinds of
silos," he said.
Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery is another key partner in
bringing the Colloquium Series and other multidisciplinary
activities to life on campus. Dr. Barbara McNlllty, director of
the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, collaborates with Michael
Pittari, chair of art & art history and associate professor of
art, on courses and exhibitions that tie into the Colloquium
theme. The two also work with faculty from across campus
to integrate the Gallery into the curriculum. "One of the
missions of the Gallery is to have as many people as possible
from the community and College become involved in what s
going on here," McNulty explained.
Participating in the annual Colloquium is central to that
mission. Last year s Colloquium theme was "Money," and the
Gallery mounted a partner exhibition titled, "Money, Art, and
the Art of Money." A fall 2012 exhibition, "A Feast for the
Eyes," was designed to dovetail with this year s Colloquium
Dr. Walter Patton, assistant professor of chemistry, with (1. to r.):
Halley Washburn 73, Amelia Capuano '14, Alyssa Shultz '14, and
Austin Hornberger '16 in Neidig-Garber
In association with next years theme, "Revolution," Dr. Grant
Taylor, associate professor of art history, is working with
McNulty to curate an exhibition of computer-generated
artwork, titled "The American Algorists: Linear Sublime." The
four artists featured in the exhibition — Manfred Mohr, Jean-
Pierre Hebert, Mark Wilson, and Roman Verostko — will visit
LVC next year to lecture and meet with students.
Taylor and McNulty are already working with departments
such as mathematical sciences, digital communications,
computer science, and education to develop opportunities to
engage a diversity of students in next years Gallery events.
Extending the Boundaries of the
Known: Student-Faculty Research
Certainly taking a multidisciplinary approach to education
makes sense at a liberal arts college, where instilling breadth
and depth of thought are central to its mission. But LVC
extends this undertaking into the science lab as well, where
undergraduates are regularly offered the opportunity not just
to learn, but to work with faculty to extend knowledge in their
fields — and in fields that may seem unrelated to theirs. "Cross-
discipline research simply accelerates discovery," said Dr.
Jennifer Wood Kanupka '01, assistant professor of education.
"Students learn through this process that they can accomplish
great things when there are more minds with different focuses
or different areas of expertise looking at the problem."
Disappearing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap
Between Chemistry and Biology
In recent years, a team of faculty and student researchers has
been exploring several questions linking the fields of chemistry
and biology. The right combination of ideas, people, and
funding, all at the right time, has helped establish productive
partnerships within the Neidig-Garber Science Center. The
key element in this formula was a three-year grant from a
foundation created by Merck and the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (Merck- AAAS) to support
undergraduate research that bridges the traditional disciplines
of chemistry and biology.
"We tried to be innovative in making connections where
chemists would be working closely on questions with
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Dr. Courtney Lappas, assistant professor of biology, with Justin Weilnau '13
and Sarah Black '14
biologists, rather than in two parallel camps that might
be related," said Dr. Walter Patton, associate professor of
chemistry, director of biochemistry and molecular biology,
and author of the Merck-AAAS proposal. "I knew that we had
people in chemistry who were working with nanoparticles and
people in biology who could look for their effects on cells.
Bringing together their expertise just made sense."
Initially, the work involved the research groups of
Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate professor of chemistry,
and Dr. Courtney Lappas, assistant professor of biology.
Dr. Rebecca Urban, assistant professor of biology, later joined
the project to look at the effect of nanoparticles on aquatic
plants. Patton also joined the efforts, looking at how protein-
capping agents may influence nanoparticle effects on cells.
"It has really been a beneficial collaboration," Patton noted,
adding that the Marsh, Lappas, and Patton groups recently
published a joint paper in the "Journal of Applied Toxicology."
"Such cross-disciplinary research is good for science, but its
also good for the students doing the work," explained Marsh.
"They get to see multiple approaches to a project. It allows
them to take a step back and look at their own approach and
see how they can improve, so they get a new perspective on
how a problem can be addressed."
"The collaborative nature of the research is important
because, especially in the sciences, there really is no discipline
that functions in isolation anymore," added Lappas. "There
is an incredible amount of overlap between the biological
sciences and the biomedical sciences. A lot of our students
are interested in graduate or professional programs, especially
in biomedical sciences, and that means they need to think in
terms broader than just straight biology or straight chemistry.
Being able to see more aspects of what goes into a given
project can't help but be advantageous."
Austin Hornberger '16
Last year, Austin Hornberger '16 had the opportunity to
collaborate with an LVC professor on a scientific research
project — even before he had graduated from high school. The
then North Schuylkill School District senior wanted to become
involved in a meaningful science project. He and his high
school science teacher contacted Dr. Walter Patton, associate
professor of chemistry and director of biochemistry and
molecular biology, for ideas.
"Austin knew he liked chemistry and biochemistry, but he
wasn't really sure what he wanted to do," said Patton. "He and
his teacher, Betty Terry, came down for the afternoon and we
talked about a project that dealt with the analysis of potential
new sources of biof uels. What we put together for Austin was
evaluating and refining a green method for him to assess the
biofuel potential of plant materials."
Hornberger worked on the project throughout the year,
and even submitted his work for a scholarship competition.
Although he didn't get the scholarship award, his February
2011 presentation of that work won first place in the high
school division of the Annual Poster Competition held by the
Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society at
Temple University. "It was a great experience for Austin to be
involved in a project in high school" said Patton. "He is enrolled
in our freshman chemistry lab courses this year, and I think his
research experience is continuing to provide real insight into
how to work and think in a laboratory."
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Abigail Skelton '14
"Abigail is an example of someone who has a really mature
mathematical way of viewing things," said Dr. Scott Walck,
chair and professor of physics. "As you're talking to her, she'll
stop you and say, 'Wait, what does that mean? What did you
mean by that?' She's listening for clarity and building a model
in her head of what these objects are doing. That's really
Skelton, a double major in mathematics and German, has
worked for two summers with LVC's Mathematical Physics
Research Group and last fall won a prestigious Waldemar
J.Trijitzinsky Memorial Award, given by the American
Mathematical Society to just seven students in the U.S.,
including students from University of California, Berkeley and
The Pennsylvania State University.
Asking What's Possible: The Mathematical
Physics Research Group
Dr. David Lyons, professor of mathematical sciences, and
Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics, lead a
student-faculty team of researchers known as the Mathematical
Physics Research Group (MPRG), which for several years has
been studying the area of quantum information science. This
interdisciplinary field, which incorporates mathematics, physics,
computer science, and engineering, studies the relationships
between quantum mechanics and information processing.
The group recently was awarded a three-year, $273,975
grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support
of its project, "Structure and Local Equivalence of Stabilizers
and States." This is the third consecutive NSF grant the group
has earned, totaling more than $700,000 in support. Student
researchers have co-authored numerous papers and delivered
presentations at national conferences. Last spring, the group
also received an Arnold Grant in support of this project.
"A lot of what we've done is an attempt to understand what s
possible," Walck explained. That's where it gets interesting
to involve both mathematics and physics. "There are big
differences in the way math and physics students approach
the problem. Math is all about precision and abstraction. The
mathematicians natural desire is to be precise with language
and to be careful and clear. A physicist s more common mode
of operating is to calculate things."
Like other student-faculty research projects at LVC, the
MPRG gives undergraduates the opportunity to experience
what it's like to do investigative work with a senior scientist.
"This is the way science functions all over the world," said
Lyons. "You have senior scientists who are investigating
something, and then junior scientists who are assisting
them — but in our case it's undergraduates. When the late
Dr. H. Anthony "Tony" Neidig '43, H'04 started doing such
research in the 1940s and 1950s in chemistry, it was absolutely
groundbreaking — it was unheard of to do real research with
undergraduates. But he was very successful, and we're building
on that tradition and that success."
Five students worked with the MPRG last summer:
Ian Bond '14 (physics), Anthony Hoover '14 (physics and
mathematics), Kelsey Moore r 14 (actuarial science), Oliver
Lyons '13 (physics and actuarial science), and Abigail Skelton '14
(mathematics and German). Lyons is gratified by the growth
he has seen in the students. "It's pretty exciting because it
happens so fast," he said. "First, it's just the thought that they
might do research in the summer, which many of them haven't
ever thought of. Then when they start to think about problems
for which no one knows the answer to, they suddenly get a
much bigger picture of the world.
"Not all of our students get results and become co-authors,
but the ones who do, experience this terrific thrill — and there
really is no greater thrill — of discovering something that no
one knew before," Lyons added. "A number of the students
who came to work with us had never thought of themselves as
researchers, but they've changed their direction and are going on
to graduate programs. We showed them a side of themselves that
they hadn't seen, and they find that they like it and are pursuing
it." Lyons added that this January, four of this year's five students
presented their work at an undergraduate research poster session
during the joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society
and the Mathematical Association of America in San Diego,
Calif. Skelton was unable to participate because she was in
Berlin for a semester abroad.
Oliver Lyons f 1 3
Oliver Lyons '13, son of Dr. David Lyons, professor of
mathematical sciences, is a double major in actuarial science
and physics, with minors in chemistry and mathematics. He's
been involved with the MPRG since last summer. "Oliver
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has strong computer skills and that was very helpful to us,"
explained Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics. "He
was never dissuaded by what might appear to be a difficult
computer problem. He was always ready to start coding and
see where it went. That was helpful to the group because
there are lots of times when we'll have an idea, but we need to
do computer experiments that involve calculation just to see if
some of our ideas can really pan out."
Oliver Lyons is no stranger to summer research. Among
other papers he has co-authored, he was lead author on a
paper describing research into nanoparticle behavior conducted
in association with Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate professor
of chemistry. The paper, "Synthesis, Characterization, and
Reaction Studies of a PVP-Capped Platinum Nanocatalyst
Immobilized on Silica," was published in the American
Chemical Society journal "Langmuir" in 2010.
Learning from Each Other: Education and Physical
Therapy Join Forces for Autistic Children
With students from their respective departments, Dr. Katie
Oriel, associate professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Cheryl
George, co-chair and professor of education, have been
collaborating on research projects since Oriel joined the faculty
Dr. David Lyons, professor of mathematical sciences, (front, 1.) and Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics, (front, r.) analyze a problem with
members oftheMPRG, (1. to r.) Ian Bond '14, Abigail Skelton '14, Kelsey Moore '14, Anthony Hoover '14, and Oliver Lyons '13, in the Kiyofumi
Sakagachi Math Library.
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(front, i. to r.): Kylee Zeisloji 77, D'13 and Kelsie Noel '11, D'13; (center, I. to r.): Natalie Horrocks '14 and Dr. Cheryl George;
(back, 1. to r.): Dr. Jennifer Wood Kanupka VI, Dr. Katie Oriel, and Jennie Upton '15. Coach Mary Gardner, head coach of
mens and women's swimming, had several members of her teams in the pool to add some "splash" to the photo.
in 2005. They Ve published several papers examining the effect
of aerobic exercise on the behavior of children with Autism
Dr. Jennifer Wood Kanupka '01, assistant professor of
education, has joined the work since George took on the
responsibilities of co-chairing both the Education Department
and the steering committee that prepared the College s
reaccreditation evaluation by the Middle States Commission
on Higher Education. Most recently, Oriel, Kanupka, and a
team of student researchers looked at the impact of aquatic
exercise on the sleep habits of children with autism, finding
that participants fell asleep faster and slept longer after
exercise. The team is currendy submitting papers reporting the
findings to peer-reviewed journals.
Oriel and Kanupka each witnessed significant cross-
disciplinary learning among the student researchers, with
physical therapy students gaining valuable experience managing
the behavior of children with disabilities and education students
learning how to administer adaptive exercise programs. "The
two departments complemented each other in the study,"
Kanupka said. "It was a very natural process."
Such collaboration will no doubt pay off for the students in
the workplace, George said. "We're preparing our education
majors to go into school systems where most people will have
a team-focused approach," she noted. "Many kids with autism
have physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech
and language pathologists on their team, so this project gave
students an opportunity to have a positive experience with that
kind of interaction."
The same goes for the physical therapy students, added
Oriel. "Physical therapists work closely with teachers in
school-based settings. It's our hope that this experience will
better prepare them for those interactions, because our goal is
ultimately the same — when they graduate, these students are
all going to be working with kids with disabilities."
Last year the research team presented its findings at the
convention of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional
Children and at the Combined Sections Meeting of the
American Physical Therapy Association. The faculty researchers
were thrilled at how well the students handled what could
have been uncomfortable pressure. "Natalie Horrocks '15 and
Jennie Upton '15 went with me to the Pennsylvania Council
for Exceptional Children conference," Kanupka said. "They
had prepared an educational poster, and as we were there,
people came up to them and asked about their research,
commenting that they hadn't realized that LVC had a graduate
program. The students then explained that they were just
sophomores! It was great to see that they could stand up and
talk about the information as well as they did."
Looking at the Process: Studying the
Fundamentals of Student-Faculty Collaboration
Sometimes a research collaboration takes on surprising mid-
course dimensions. Last year, Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and
associate professor of digital communications, and Dr. Michael
Lehr, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, gathered
a team of student researchers to look into developing a digital
textbook for physical therapy students. They had in mind
a tablet-based compilation of videos and 3-D illustrations
that would help physical therapy students select and perform
therapeutic techniques and interventions in the clinic.
But as the team began its preliminary research, it found
that physical therapy students don t typically use textbooks,
relying on notes and handouts from their professors instead,
and so were unlikely to adopt the e-text. So the team instead
developed a product the therapy students said they could use:
a web app that enables them to practice and develop their
clinical decision-making skills. The app is currently in testing.
One aspect of the research project that was especially
interesting to the group, Ritchie noted, was the actual process
of collaboration. "We learned some valuable lessons about
working in interdisciplinary teams," he said. "How do two
groups, who speak vastly different languages and approach
problems from vastly different perspectives, work together?
How do you set up these groups so they can collaborate and
accomplish these goals?"
What the team learned is useful to all cross-disciplinary
work: that collaborators must place a priority on defining
roles, basic mechanics, and outcomes. "You need to set aside
time in which all parties can interact," Ritchie stated. "A lot
of it is having a much clearer concept of what is going to be
built. Initially we'd proposed this compendium of videos that
showed how to perform these interventions, but the students
don't actually use textbooks like we think of them. So clearly
establishing what the scope is up front, and not straying from
that, is key." So is clearly defining terms. "Any professional will
talk in his or her own terminology and it can be a barrier to
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collaboration," Ritchie noted. "You have to schedule in time in
which each member of the team learns the others language."
Ritchie and Lehr have recently written and submitted a poster
on the subject and are preparing a manuscript that explores the
pedagogical and curricular issues surrounding interdisciplinary
Ritchie s insight into the practice of collaboration also
informs his work as a member of LVCs Sustainability Advisory
Committee, an interdisciplinary group that advises the College
community on issues related to environmental sustainability.
"It s been remarkably rewarding, because even though we
come from different disciplines and speak different languages,
our focus is on sustainability — this one central idea," he
said. "We have people from biology, economics, facilities — a
combination of academic disciplines and administrative
functions — and a number of students who participate."
The Arnold Program for Experiential Education
In 2011 , Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy
Arnold H'08, longtime friends of the College, created a fund to
support a wide range of student-faculty collaborations on and
off campus. The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold
Program for Experiential Education awards up to $50,000
each year in support of student-faculty research, independent
student summer research, and independent internships for LVC
students in grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. The Arnold
Grants, as they've become known, have been central to the
success of many of the projects profiled in this report.
Funds are awarded through a systematic process overseen
by Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and
dean of the faculty, and the Arnold Grant Selection Committee,
which includes faculty representatives from the three major
academic divisions. Dr. Owen Moe f chair and Vernon and
Doris Bishop Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, represents
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the science division; Dr. Renee Norris, associate professor
of music, represents the humanities division; and Dr. David
Setley, assistant professor of business administration,
represents the social science division. Sharon Givler, director
of career services, evaluated the internship applications.
"We want to provide high impact experiences for the
students," Green said. "Student-faculty research across the
curriculum is a hallmark signature of the College. We are
thrilled to have so much interest in a program that places
academics front and center."
For more information about the Arnold Program for
Experiential Education, visit www.lvc.edu/arnoldgrants.
Getting Creative: Interdisciplinary
Projects That Enrich the World
Lebanon Valley College offers fertile ground for creative
interdisciplinary projects that tap into the breadth and depth
of talent on campus. Following are examples of how the LVC
community has joined together on imaginative work that
enriches the College and the world beyond its campus.
"Sammy's Physical Therapy Adventure"
Taps Four Departments to Help Kids
Dr. Michael Fink, assistant professor of physical therapy,
was a frustrated consumer. "I was looking for a book about
physical therapy that could speak to pediatric patients going
through physical therapy — any patient below the age of 10,"
he explained. "I looked in all the bookstores and researched
it extensively, but I could not find a single book written for a
child that described what a physical therapist does."
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and this was
certainly true for Fink. Not finding the book he was searching
for, he thought, "Why not create one?"
Fink teamed up with Dr. Katie Oriel, associate professor of
physical therapy, who served as a project advisor, and enlisted
two students from her community-based physical therapy class
to help. "The PT students were great as content experts," said
Fink. "But we also needed people to illustrate and digitize, and
we didn't yet have the language experts necessary to make the
material 'kid friendly/"
That's when Fink realized he had a great interdisciplinary project
at hand. "We have a strong Education Department at LVC, and
they know how to effectively communicate to kids. So I spoke
with Dr. Jane Yingling [associate professor of education] who
recruited three elementary education students to help us with
reading level, sentence syntax, and word structure," said Fink.
"Then I spoke with Michael Pittari [chair and associate professor
of art & art history] about illustrating the book. He recommended
three additional students who became involved in the illustrations.
Mat Samuel [assistant professor of digital communications]
suggested a student who could embed color into the line drawings
as well as digitize the book to enable us to create an e-book." At
that point, Fink applied for and received an Arnold Grant to
provide stipends for the students to work on the book during the
summer and to move the book through the publishing process.
Fink was happy to see so many different departments
involved in producing the book. "The students really began to
appreciate those with skill sets very different than their own,
and the value that can be added from outside disciplines," he
said. "They learned how to work as a team. One of the biggest
challenges for the students was meeting deadlines set by the
students in other disciplines — the evolution of peer-to-peer
accountability was really interesting to observe. The students
also developed great leadership skills as project managers
and learned how to create buy-in for the project at different
levels — how to create enthusiasm while getting things done."
Not unexpectedly, the biggest learning curve was communi-
cation — not only breaking down technical language to a child's
reading level, but doing what Fink called 'discipline cross-talk.'
"V/hen physical therapists talk to one another, we use medical
jargon that is foreign to non-physical therapists," he explained.
"The same is true of other disciplines, so we had to find a way
to all speak a common language."
Fink was also impressed by the skill and enthusiasm the
students brought to the project. "We as faculty saw some skills
and talents in our students that we didn't know were there,"
he said. "I don't think we realized how much creative energy
our students really have. I think all of us in each of our
respective domains were impressed by what the students
brought to the table."
The book, with the working title "Sammy's Physical Therapy
Adventure," features cartoon animals that help explain the
physical therapy experience to young children. Fink hopes to
have the book published by the end of the school year and to
include production of a companion coloring book as well.
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Rewarding Close Reacting and Analysis:
The "Valley Humanities Review"
Dr. Laura Eldred, assistant professor of English, is the founder
and editor of the "Valley Humanities Review", an international
journal devoted to publishing the best undergraduate scholarship
in philosophy, art & art history, literature, history, religion, and
languages. "Part of our goal in conceiving the journal was to forge
and clarify ties between all of these fields," Eldred said. "Its about
reading and understanding and interpreting texts, whether they're
art or religious texts or works of literature. The journal rewards
those who can show those skills in close reading and analysis
that are key to the humanities."
The journals interdisciplinary editorial board is
comprised of student-faculty pairs representing
each discipline within the humanities. Each pair
collaborates to develop selection criteria within their
discipline, as well as review submissions, select works,
and edit papers for publication. "Its a high-impact
experience for the student-editors," noted Eldred.
"It s also a professionalizing experience, because the
students learn what counts as exemplary research in
The journal, which is supported this year by an
Arnold Grant, publishes one online issue each spring
and awards annual scholarships for the best submissions
by a high school student and by an LVC student. The
entire editorial board comes together to choose the
Founded in 2008, the "Valley Humanities Review" is
growing a reputation for publishing quality work. "We Ve
received more than 200 submissions," said Eldred. "They've
represented a wide range of fields and schools, including
Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and institutions
in the U.K. Were proud of the quality of our journal —
undergraduates in the humanities can do really important
Faculty joining Eldred on the journals editorial team
include Dr. Richard Chamber I in, associate professor
of French and German; Dr. Mary Pettice, associate
Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean
of the faculty, and Dr. Robert Valgenti, associate professor of
philosophy and chair of the Colloquium Committee
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professor of English; Dr. Michael Schroeder, assistant
professor of history; Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of
art history; Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor of English
and director of general education; and Dr. Robert Valgenti,
associate professor of philosophy.
Several students are involved with the review including Megan
Harris '13, Rachel Heenan '13, Jenna Dutton '13, and Anthony
Feudale '13 who serve as editors. Ally Stengel '13, student
copy editor; Ashlyn Dininni '13, student intern; and Samantha
Shimp '15, student web developer, also work on the review.
Interdisciplinary Study at LVC
From its annual Colloquium Series to its many
interdisciplinary student-faculty research projects, the College
seeks to nurture an intellectual community where both
students and faculty are encouraged to build connections
across departmental borders.
This fluid academic environment is critical to training great
minds to do great work in today s world, where life's challenges
are increasingly multidisciplinary. Inculcating these skills
is precisely where the liberal arts tradition has always been
strong, said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic
affairs and dean of the faculty.
"At the very center of the liberal arts tradition is the ability
to look at issues from many different viewpoints and not be
narrow in your focus," he said. "At LVC we make a point of
developing courses, projects, and high-impact experiences that
are designed to encourage students to draw from different
aspects of their education and different aspects of their lives."
Furthermore, this collaborative, collegial ethos of Lebanon
Valley College faculty tends to be self-perpetuating, Green
noted. "There are very specific kinds of faculty who are
attracted to LVC," he said. "They don't want to be in a silo.
They dont want to just live within their departments. They
enjoy interacting and find it stimulating as teachers." Green
pointed to a recent essay, "MacLeish, Oppenheimer, and the
Conquest of America," published in the journal "Soundings"
by Dr. Michael Day, professor of physics and engineering
program director, and Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor
of English and director of general education. The essay
examining the work of poet Archibald MacLeish and physicist
Robert Oppenheimer is based on archival research, which
the two conducted at the Library of Congress. "That kind of
collaboration from an English professor and a physics professor
is not something that you find very often," Green noted. "It
speaks to the spirit of this place — the spirit of the liberal arts
crossing that divide between departments."
Christine Brandt Little is a freelance writer
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2011-2012
Dr. Lynn G. Phillips '68
George M. Reider Jr. '63
Katherine J. Bishop
Harry B.Yost '62
Deborah R. Fullam '81
George J. King '68
2011-2012 Board Members
Kristen R. Angstadt '74, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area Intermediate
Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S.
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairperson,
Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
Edward D. Breen, B.S.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics
Terence C. Brown '78, B.S.
President, Brown Technology Group
The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div.
Senior Pastor, Historic St. George's United Methodist
Church in Old City Philadelphia
Wesley T. Dellinger '75, P'05, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP
Director, Lebanon Operations, Brownstone Real Estate
Susanne Harley Dombrowski '83, B.S., C.RA.
Principal and Shareholder, Brown Schultz Sheridan &
Geret R DePiper '68, B.A.
Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer,
Ronald J. Dmevich, B.S.
Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman
of the Board, Capital Blue Cross
Renee Fritz '13
Student Trustee, LVC
James G. Glasgow Jr. '81, B.S., M.B.A.
Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, Five Mile Capital
Robert E. Harbaugh '74, B.A., M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery,
Director of the Penn State Hershey Neuroscience
lnstitute,The Pennsylvania State University College
of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Marc A. Harris, B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, LVC
Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc.
John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S.
Retired Vice President, SolutionTechnologies, Inc.
George J. King '68, B.S., C.RA.
President, RWS Energy Services
Malcolm L. Lazin '65, B.S., J.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum
Stephen C. MacDonald, B.A., Ph.D.
Daniel K. Meyer '81, B.A., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School, and Program Director,
Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Cooper
Carroll "Skip" L. Missimer '76, '79, B.A., B.S.,
Global Director for Environmental Affairs, RH. Glatfelter
Chester Q. Mosteller '75, B.S.
President and Founder, Mosteller & Associates
Stephen M. Nelson '84, B.S.
Chief Financial Officer, Haines and Kibblehouse, Inc.
Renee Lapp Norris, B.A., M.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music, LVC
John S. Oyler, B.A., J.D.
Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC
Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Former Chief Administration Officer and Director, Aresty
Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School of
the University of Pennsylvania
George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S.
Former Insurance Commissioner, Retired, State of
Connecticut, and Retired Professor, University of
Connecticut and Fordham University of Law
Jeffrey W. Robbins, B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Chair of Religion and Philosophy, Professor of
Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S.
Chief Executive Officer, Echo Data Group
Elliott Robinson, B.S.
Vice President, Administration, Milton Hershey School
Elyse E. Rogers '76, B.A., J.D.
Partner, Saidis, Sullivan & Rogers
Tracey Smith Stover '91, B.A., M.B.A.
Partner & Global Leader, Chemicals,
Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D.
Arbitrator, National Arbitration Center
Ryan H.Tweedie '93, B.S.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Sapien, LLC
Elizabeth R. Unger '72, B.S., M.D., Ph.D.
Anatomical Pathologist and Research Team Leader,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Scott N. Walck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Physics, LVC
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Albertine R Washington H'97, B.A., RD.
Retired Educator, Lebanon School District
Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com.
President, Delta Packaging, Inc.
Hairy B.Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LLM.
Senior Partner, Appel &Yost, LLP
Kelly E. Zimmerman '12
Edward H. Arnold H'87, B.A., L.H.D.
Chairman, Arnold Logistics
Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LL.B.
Realtor; Commercial and Industrial Developer
Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., L.H.D.
Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S.
Retired Owner/President, CIB Inc.
Martin L Gluntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey
International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation
Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A.
Retired Business Executive
♦The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D.
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace
United Methodist Church, Carlisle
William Lehr Jr., B.B.A., J.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross
♦Kenneth H. Plummer
Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, Inc.
Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., LH.D.
Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc.
Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S.
Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines
The Rev. Daniel L Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., D.D.
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church
Morton Spector H'02, P'79
Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC
Elizabeth K.Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci.
Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism andToxicology
Branch, National Cancer Institute
Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci.
Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc.
The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.,
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, Former District
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
Suzanne H. Arnold H'96, LH.D.
Community Leader and Philanthropist
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson '75, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of
The United Methodist Church
F. Obai Kabia '73, P'99, P'OO, P'02, B.S., M.RA.
Retired Political Affairs Officer, United Nations
Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, B.A., M.Div.
Bishop of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of
The United Methodist Church
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications:
Martin J. Parkes
Editor: Dr. Tom Hanrahan
Editorial Staff: Kelly Alsedek, Lauren Baran '12, D'14;
Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, M'11, P'14; Becky Fullmer;
Meghan Johnson; Christine Brandt Little; Emily
Summey; Alyssa Wiekrykas '16, D'18; and Anita Williams
Writer: Christine Brandt Little
Designer: Tom Casta nzo, Afire Creative Group
Photography: Dennis Crews, president and feature; Don
Hamerman, cover and inside cover; Bill Johnson, Dustin
Kerns '09; and Matthew Lester, Drs. Ed and Jeanne
On the Cover
Ellen Adams '10 adjusts the position of a graphite
sample in the ultrahigh vacuum chamber in the
Neidig-Garber Science Center. LVC is one of only a
handful of liberal arts colleges in the United States
with an ultrahigh vacuum chamber, which allows
students and faculty to collaborate on surface science
research related to astrobiology.
2011-2012 Honor Roll of Donors
To see a list of all donors to the College during
the 2011-2012 academic year— friends and alumni
spanning generations of supporters— please visit
http://www.lvc.edu/honor-roll-2012. All of us at
Lebanon Valley College thank you for your generosity
and service, and for helping make Lebanon Valley
College what it is today.
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PRESIDENT'S REPORT 27
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
FOR YEAR ENDED JUNE 30
REVENUES AND OTHER ADDITIONS
Educational and General:
Tuition and Fees (net of institutional
Gifts and Private Grants
Endowment / Investment Income
Interest on Loans
Gains on Property and Investments, Net
Total Revenue and Other Additions
EXPENDITURES AND OTHER DEDUCTIONS
Educational and General:
Operation and Maintenance of Plant
Student Aid (government)
Total Expenditures and Other Deductions $50,553,467
Change in Net Assets (345,228)
Net Assets Beginning of Year $ 1 1 3,942, 1 84
Net Assets End of Year $ 1 13,596,956
Source: 2011-12 audited financial statements, ParenteBeard, LLC
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